• Video: Welcome to Djilba!

    Video: Welcome to Djilba!

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    August heralds the start of the Indigenous season of Djilba, a transitional time of year with some very cold, clear days combined with warmer rainy and windy days. This season signals the start of the wildflower explosion across the South West, which begins with cream and yellow flowering plants such as acacias. Vivid blues will start to emerge, such as the flowers of the...
  • Seven Simple Tips for Sustainable Gardening

    Seven Simple Tips for Sustainable Gardening

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    Growing an edible garden is a great way to live a little lighter on this Earth by growing our own food instead of buying packaged products with the bonus of adding nutrient dense food to your diet. Gardening also gives us a great insight into our natural world and a genuine appreciation for the environment in which we live. We come to observe habitats,...
  • Plant Spotlight ‚Äď Black Mulberry Tree

    Plant Spotlight ‚Äď Black Mulberry Tree

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    The Black Mulberry (Morus nigra) is a staple tree of many Aussie gardens and for good reason! It is a fast growing, and long living deciduous tree that can reach up to 12m in height. There are dwarf and weeping varieties, and also red and white fruited varieties available as well. A Mulberry tree is a great way to attract native birds into your...
  • Makuru (June/July) Jobs in the Garden and What to Plant in Perth

    Makuru (June/July) Jobs in the Garden and What to Plant in Perth

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    The winter months of June and July, known as Makuru when following the indigenous calendar, is a busy time in the garden in Perth. In nature, the animals will start to pair up ahead of the breeding season. Wild flowers that will start to emerge include the blues and purples of the blueberry lily (Dianella revoluta) and the purple flags (Patersonia occidentalis).  Although Makuru is...
  • Growing Good Health with Garlic

    Growing Good Health with Garlic

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    Why should you grow Garlic? Garlic has many culinary, medicinal and garden uses.  It is also easy to grow across Australia - garlic produces an abundant harvest over two seasons and Autumn in Perth is the perfect time to plant your Garlic.  Garlic is part of the allium family which also includes edible plants like shallots, onions, leeks and chives. Ornamental alliums are a popular...
  • Plant Feature: Chilli and Capsicum

    Plant Feature: Chilli and Capsicum

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    Capsicums and chillies are easy to grow and a healthy bush can produce bountiful harvests every year! Enjoy this guide and our top tips for growing abundant capsicums and chillies.     Types of capsicums Capsicum annuum: most common types including jalapenos, bell peppers, paprika, cayenne and chilli peppers Capsicum chinense: hotter species of chillies Capsicum frutescens: smaller fruits including tabasco and Thai peppers Image from...
  • Seasonal Recipe: Roasted Fennel With Garlic and Herbs

    Seasonal Recipe: Roasted Fennel With Garlic and Herbs

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    Preparation time: 8 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutesServes: 4 Enjoy this delicious and simple side-dish recipe! Ingredients 2 large bulbs of fennel 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon thyme [optional] 1/4 parmesan   Method Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celcius Remove stalks from the fennel bulbs. Cut each bulb in half lengthwise and then...
  • Plant Feature: Florence Fennel

    Plant Feature: Florence Fennel

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    Fennel is an easy, abundant plant to grow and Florence fennel is an extra special variety. Florence fennel is the bulb variety of fennel that can be eaten as a vegetable as compared to common varieties; wild, bronze or sweet that are grown for their leaves, pollen and seeds only. Not only can the Florence variety bulb, stems, leaves, pollen and seeds be eaten but this...
  • The Best Way To Grow Mushrooms At Home

    The Best Way To Grow Mushrooms At Home

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    Growing mushrooms is a whole different ball game to growing fruits and veggies. It may seem a little daunting at first but growing your own mushrooms is so easy and satisfying!    The Easiest Way To Grow Mushrooms At Home We love that these Mushroom Grow Kits are so easy to use (you can grow mushrooms right on your kitchen bench!) and that they recycle waste coffee grounds collected from Australian cafes.  With a little added moisture,...
  • Get Ready For Spring: Seeds To Sow in August

    Get Ready For Spring: Seeds To Sow in August

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    Hit the ground running in Spring by sowing seeds now in August! Here in Perth, we experience a Mediterranean climate with cool, rainy Winters and hot, dry Summers. The Perth area is often grouped into a Warm Temperate climate, which is very similar but typically features higher Summer rainfall. The following August planting guide is for the Perth area. If you are from another...
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